Mother’s Day Weekend Bloodbath: 43 Wounded, 9 Killed in Chicago Gang Violence

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Tony Webster/Flickr
Chicago, IL

Chicago’s gang violence is usually quite bloody during summer weekends, but this year’s Mother’s Day weekend was particularly bloody with 43 wounded and nine killed between Friday afternoon and Sunday night.

In fact, the Mother’s Day holiday brought five fatalities, the last of which came at 12:30 a.m. Monday morning. Eleven others were wounded on Sunday.

Saturday was also a dangerous day to live in Chicago, as three were killed and 21 more wounded by the gunfire traded between the city’s constantly warring gangs.

Friday was no light day, either. While one died, eleven more were shot.

Alarming officials, two of the shootings over the weekend occurred on Chicago’s main thoroughfare, Lake Shore Drive. One of the Lake Shore Drive shootings occurred in the city’s Uptown neighborhood and left the victim dead.

Police report that a 35-year-old man was killed at around 5 a.m. when assailants pulled up beside the victim’s car and opened fire. The victim has not been publicly identified.

The massive number of shootings and deaths for the weekend is added to a year already superseding historical records. The same weekend in 2015, for instance, saw 25 wounded and 3 killed, and in 2014, the toll came to 19 wounded and 5 killed.

The numbers thus far this year are alarming. Year to date, the Windy City has suffered 1,236 shootings, with 185 shot and killed. And though May is only nine days old, already 20 total homicides have occurred, and 91 have been wounded.

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